Bob’s Story …..

Bob initially contacted the DDAT Centre through a friend who had seen an article on the DDAT programme and its success in the national press. Bob is now twenty-eight and throughout his life has struggled with problems associated with dyslexia. Early school years were blighted by bullying not necessarily attributed to ‘learning difficulties’ but something that he could have definitely done without! At secondary school Bob always worked very hard and wasn’t deterred by some unkind teachers who labelled him as ‘thick’ and ‘lazy’. Bob always assumed that his handwriting was slow due to being left-handed; but he was very frustrated as mentally he knew the answers to questions, but he couldn’t write them down or process his thoughts with sufficient speed to achieve the results he knew he was capable of. He battled on and not only achieved good ‘A’ levels but went on to University to study a Philosophy course and gained a well deserved degree.

When Bob started on the DDAT programme he was twenty-seven and decided that he had nothing to lose by giving the exercises a try, he was very open minded regarding the prescribed exercises and medical advice given at the first appointment; his thoughts at the time were ‘I’ll give it a go’. Progress was virtually non-existent during the first three months, but he carried on and didn’t give up. What happened next was a change in mood, a predictable phase for some of our patients; some days he described himself as being ‘up’ and others ‘down’. Some concerned friends believed that Bob, whilst he was at this difficult stage, to be under the influence of illegal substances and tried to help, unaware that what was actually happening was a positive step in the right direction.

The exercise regime that was prescribed to Bob involved ten minutes of exercises twice per day; easier said than done when wearing a suit and ready for work. Bob was very keen to do the exercises but found the task of finding a suitable slot to perform them was initially a problem; after a while they became second nature and formed part of his daily routine. The only exercise he found very difficult was when he was required to sit on one of our wobble boards; standing on one was apparently no problem.

Bob took ten months to complete the DDAT programme and is now more energetic, confident, has improved posture and enjoys enhanced co-ordination skills. Whilst Bob was undergoing treatment his parents noticed subtle changes, it was very encouraging when Bob’s relations/friends who were not in regular contact noticed changes for the better, if ever he needed a boost on the motivation side, these positive observations certainly did the trick.

Bob is currently revising for his professional accountancy qualifications which are imminent. He is very interested to see how well he will perform in a formal examination since completing the DDAT course. He is a confident, ambitious, friendly young man who commenced his treatment with a ‘very open mind’ and is determined to do w